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8 Things We Learned From the 'Lost' Producers

by Kelly Woo, posted Dec 9th 2008 6:00AM
lostInside scoop from the executive producers of 'Lost'

Are you ready to get 'Lost' again?

Though the fifth and penultimate season of the hit show doesn't premiere until Jan. 21, fans can refresh their memories (and obsess over those hidden Easter eggs) with the Season 4 DVD, which hits shelves today.

AOL TV participated in an online roundtable chat with executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof about how the writers' strike changed the fourth season, the fate of a certain character, a big-screen version of 'Lost' and the series' rapidly-approaching end.


Are you ready to get 'Lost' again?

Though the fifth and penultimate season of the hit show doesn't premiere until Jan. 21, fans can refresh their memories (and obsess over those hidden Easter eggs) with the Season 4 DVD, which hits shelves today.

AOL TV participated in an online roundtable chat with executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof about how the writers' strike changed the fourth season, the fate of a certain character, a big-screen version of 'Lost' and the series' rapidly-approaching end.



1. 'Lost' Was Made for the All-Weekend Marathon
Even the showrunners would find it frustrating to wait for a week to pass before seeing the next episode -- which is why 'Lost' is "tailor-made for the DVD experience," Lindelof said. "[Episodes are] almost designed for repeat viewings." And he admitted, "Personally, I love watching my favorite shows (particularly serialized ones like 'Dexter') one after the other I sometimes think about how frustrating it would've been to read the 'Harry Potter' books one chapter at a time once a week. I'd pretty much kill myself.

2. Yes, Virginia, There Will Still Be Flashbacks
Just because the two timelines from last season (the island and the Oceanic Six stories) have converged, doesn't mean flashbacks and flashforwards are a thing of the past. However, "we are not limiting ourselves to those ways of transitioning between stories," Cuse said. "We still love doing them and will when appropriate. There are still some cool flashbacks left to tell for our characters."

matthew fox3. It's Jack Vs. Locke, Round 423,168
The tension between the two alpha males will be "central to the endgame of our story," said Lindelof. "Obviously, the ramifications of Locke telling Jack (once again) that he's not supposed to leave the island ... but if he does, he must lie about everything that happens... is essentially what kicks off the entire story of the Oceanic Six. We think its really cool that it was actually Locke's idea, even though Jack doesn't present it that way."



4. The Strike Hit the Warp Speed Button
The writers' guild strike that took place last winter forced the show to shoot two fewer episodes than planned in Season 4. What ended up getting cut? "There were a couple of episodes focusing more on the Freighter Folks (Faraday, Miles and Charlotte) that got pushed into this season," Lindelof said, "but more importantly, things like Jack's appendicitis and Keamy arriving at New Otherton and killing Alex happened sooner than we had planned due to the collapsed schedule." If fans felt a noticeable difference between the pre-strike and post-strike episodes, Lindelof said that's due to the plot "moving at a much higher rate of speed than we're traditionally accustomed to."

5. Sorry, Fans, the 'Lost' Story Ship Has Sailed
When fans decried new characters Nikki and Paulo, the writers had time to adjust ... and ended up killing them off. But now that the series is moving fast to its end, "it will be virtually impossible for us to adjust in-season to audience feedback," said Cuse. For instance, when Season 5 premieres, 14 of the 17 episodes will have been written. "This season we're going to be completely relying on our on instincts and judgments -- combined with the feedback of our collaborators here on the show and at the studio and network."

daniel dae kim6. Jin Isn't Gone for Good
Last we saw the father-to-be, he was running away from the bomb that destroyed the freighter. But did Mr. Kwon run fast enough? Lindelof said, "We'll definitely be seeing more of him in season 5 ... but as we're moving through past, present and future ... who knows when we'll see him."

7. Zombies Take Over 'Lost'! Just Kidding (We Think)
Since the show's premiere, 'Lost' fans have wanted answers -- to the polar bear, to the monster, to the numbers, to that mysterious four-toed statue. "As we roll into the end of season 5 and certainly in season 6, the show will definitely be much more in answer mode," he said. And that includes resolution on that statue. "[It] might come to life in the Zombie season." He kids, he kids ... right?

8. 'Lost: The Movie'? Don't Buy That Ticket Just Yet
With the series set to end in 2010, it's no surprise that fans might wonder about 'Lost' moving to the big screen. But Cuse and Lindelof don't think it will happen -- at least, if they have anything to say about it. "We've always felt that the show should definitively end the same place it started ... on television," Lindelof said. "To bring our characters to some sort of cliffhanger where the audience gets none of the answers that they really care about and then say, 'Now give us 10 bucks, buy some popcorn and we'll give you the rest!' would pretty much be the worst thing ever."

Lost' Show and Cast Photos

    Casino October 31, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil) *** Local Caption *** Evangeline Lilly

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    Casino October 31, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Cirque du Soleil) *** Local Caption *** Evangeline Lilly

    Getty Images for Cirque du Solei

    Daniel Dae Kim attends the "Lost" press conference at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on September 22, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.

    Vera Anderson/WireImage.com

    Evangeline Lilly attends the "Lost" press conference at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on September 22, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.

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    Evangeline Lilly attends the "Lost" press conference at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on September 22, 2008 in Beverly Hills, California.

    Vera Anderson/WireImage.com

    Actor Daniel Dae Kim and guest attends HBO

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    Evangeline Lilly arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

    Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

    Evangeline Lilly arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

    Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

    Evangeline Lilly arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

    Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

    Evangeline Lilly arrives at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on September 21, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

    Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage.com

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